Title

Special care units for people with Alzheimer's disease. Only for the privileged few?

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

3-1-1998

NLM Title Abbreviation

J Gerontol Nurs

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of gerontological nursing

PubMed ID

9611554

Abstract

The number of Special Care Units (SCUs) for people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) in nursing homes have increased dramatically in the past 10 years. Despite the rapid increase in number of SCUs and the concern that most SCUs report higher costs than traditional nursing home units where residents with AD are integrated with cognitively intact residents, the evaluation of costs has been largely unsystematic and noncomparative. Studies are urgently needed to assess comparative costs so that administrators and policy makers can make informed decisions. This article reviews studies that examine the costs of care in SCUs and presents cost-related data comparing the outcomes of care for residents with AD on a SCU and on traditional units in one long-term care setting.

Keywords

Aged, Alzheimer Disease/economics/nursing, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Female, Health Care Costs, Health Services Accessibility, Health Services Research, Hospital Units/economics/manpower, Humans, Long-Term Care/economics/manpower, Male, Outcome Assessment (Health Care), Personnel Staffing and Scheduling/economics, Social Class

Published Article/Book Citation

Journal of gerontological nursing, 24:3 (1998) pp.28-37.

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https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/531